By Mark Weasley
According to reports emanating from Italy, Manchester United are in talks to sign Greek international, Kostas Manolas. The 27-year-old centre back has established himself as one of the best defenders in Serie A, and is now the subject of interest from the Premier League giants.
Calciomercatoweb reports that United want to activate his release clause which is rumoured to be around €36m (£32.2m), though it is said that the clause only comes to play in the summer window.
United are desperate to sign a new defender, having searched Europe for quality centre backs and failing last summer. This term, United have conceded 32 goals, which is already 4 more than they conceded in the whole of last season.
Manolas joined Roma nearly five years ago from Olympiakos, showing remarkable improvement in areas of tackling, anticipation, and general technical awareness. He registered his name in Champions League folklore after scoring what proved to be the winner against Barcelona in the quarter finals last year, topping off an unbelievable comeback.
His modest release clause means he won’t be short of offers in the summer, but after 5 years in Rome without winning anything, he could be ready for a new challenge. If United want him this month, we’ll need to pay more than his release clause. United are currently enjoying life under the tutelage of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though the defence continues to be shaky.
Manolas is a classy centre back known for his no-nonsense style of defending and has scored 9 goals in 192 matches for the 2001 Serie A champions.